We all know that we should drink healthy teas . . . but do you have any idea why? Just like many other super foods, green tea has gained a wonderful reputation without many people really knowing why it is so good for us. That is why we have compiled a list of some of the most important nutritional aspects of green tea.
1. Green tea is packed full of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are vital for our bodies, because we do not naturally create them ourselves. We need to gain them from the food that we eat and the drinks that we consume. That is why so many foods emphasise that they contain antioxidants. When inside our bodies, antioxidants help remove the build up of toxins that reduce our bodies’ ability to digest food properly and lose weight. Without antioxidants, our livers and kidneys would give up pretty early!
2. Green tea has alkaloids.
Maybe you haven’t heard of alkaloids. Alkaloids are naturally occurring chemicals that we use medicinally. You can find alkaloids in anaesthetic, for example. By naturally consuming alkaloids within your diet, you will give your body a natural boost at fighting any bacteria or infections that you may be struggling with. Alkaloids are very important, and few foods or drinks have such a high amount as green tea.
3. Green tea is pretty much calorie free.
Unlike fruit juice, smoothies, and other tasty drinks, green tea is not packed full of calories, additives, sweeteners, preservatives, or colourings. Actually, green tea contains so few calories that companies selling green tea often do not even bother to put how many there are on the outside of the box or tin. If you are looking to drink something that won’t make you pile on the pounds, green tea should be your drink of choice. It is very easy to drink three or four calorie high drinks, and have absolutely no idea how you are gaining weight. With green tea, you do not have that problem.
4. Green tea is the source of many vitamins.
Vitamins are the chemicals that our bodies need to work well – without many of them, we would just fall to bits! There are eight vitamins that have a high content within green tea, and every single one of them is excellent for your health. Vitamin A helps keep your eyes healthy, and vitamin D maintains your liver and kidneys. Without vitamin C, you could develop scurvy, and without vitamin E your nerves could become damaged. Vitamin B and B5 help keep your skin healthy, vitamin H aids in growth and development, and not enough vitamin K may damage your intestines. As you can see, all of these vitamins are really important, and green tea provides all of them.
5. Green tea can be great for minerals.
Minerals are just as important as vitamins, and are often ignored by people on nutritional labels because they do not realise how important they are. Without them, we would be struggling to keep healthy, because we use them as building blocks to re-build parts of our bodies that break down. Green tea contains a large amount of manganese, which is very important for our bones – as well as zinc (which helps us absorb nutrients from our food), chromium (without which we’d all be diabetic), and selenium (which promotes a healthy heart).
6. Green tea contains caffeine.
Just like coffee and other forms of tea, green tea does contain caffeine. The amount of caffeine is low compared to other drinks and foods that contain caffeine, but if you are attempting to remove caffeine from your diet entirely for medical reasons, then green tea may not be the best drink for you. If a small amount of caffeine is permitted, however, then green tea is the perfect beverage to switch to.